Day: April 11, 2020

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How Corona virus is changing the Canadian Immigration

The Canadian Prime Minister announced travel restrictions as a safety measure to prevent the spread of Corona virus. However the restrictions are exempted if you are a Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, Temporary foreign worker, International students with study permit, and approved Permanent resident who haven’t yet landed in Canada.
As a safety measure, you need to pass a health check conducted by Airlines, while travelling by air. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.
On your arrival in Canada you need to pass a health check before you leave the port of entry, and it is mandatory to isolate yourself for 14 days even if you have no symptoms of COVID-19.
Despite all the restrictions Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is processing immigration applications to avoid any possible delay. However you can expect some delay, since the IRCC is operating with limited staff. Let’s take a look at how these restrictions are affecting Permanent Residents, workers, students, visitors and immigration applicants.

Permanent Residents

With the restrictions in place, Permanent residents are allowed to travel to Canada, however one must isolate or 14 days despite having no symptoms of Corona virus.
Permanent Residency applicants whose application is approved before March 18, 2020 are also exempted from travel restrictions and can enter Canada and the Landing appointments will be held by telephone, however as a mandatory rule one must isolate for 14 days despite having no symptoms of Coronavirus.
As a Permanent Resident, your immediate family members are also exempted from travel restrictions and must follow the 14 day isolation measures on arrival.
New application for permanent Residency will be processed by IRCC; however files with missing documents will be retained and reviewed within 90 days.


The Canadian Prime minister imposed a travel ban on March 18, 2020; however work permit holders can still travel to Canada as long as they are not showing any symptoms of Coronavirus, but must follow the mandatory rule of self -isolation. The Truck drives are exempted from the self-isolation rule, since they regularly cross Canada-U.S. border to maintain the flow of goods. Workers from Agricultural sector, food processing, health and emergency services are also exempted from the travel restrictions. The employment duration of Temporary Foreign worker low wage stream will be increased from one to two years. It is advised to carry valid work permit or letter of induction from IRCC to identify themselves before boarding.
International Students
International students with approved study permit or who were enrolled and accepted at a Designated Educational Institution of Canada before March 18, 2020 are exempted from Travel restrictions. These students must furnish the valid study permit or letter of Induction before boarding and must self-isolate for 14 days once they arrive in Canada.


The travel restrictions are exempted if you fall under below category:
●Person registered under Canada’s Indian Act.
●Protected person
●Medical professional invited by Canadian Government to contain COVID-19
●Immediate family member of a Canadian Citizen or Permanent resident.
The immediate family member must prove that his/her visit to Canada is for essential reasons.

Why Immigrants are necessary for Canada despite Coronavirus crisis?

It was just couple of months when Canada made an announcement of inviting over one million immigrants over the next three years, but with the outbreak of Coronavirus, Canada just like other countries appears to face economic and social turmoil.
Canada has always strengthened its economy with flexible immigration policies. This is due to its ageing population that would reach the retirement age by the end of this decade. Since Canada has a low birth rate, the economic and labor growth is mainly driven immigration.
In the current scenario immigrants arriving in Canada may face some difficulties, but will soon enjoy the unlimited employment opportunities once the ageing population leaves the workforce.
Hence, it makes absolute sense to admit that immigrants are necessary for Canada despite Coronavirus crisis.

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Australia Immigration

With the outbreak of Coronavirus, Australia like many other countries has announced a lockdown and the possibility of returning to normalcy don’t seem to be happening anytime soon.The Australian immigration department however, is processing visa applications for those travelers in the exempted categories to support urgent travel.
Some services related to visa application process may be impacted by the Coronavirus; however, fresh PR applications are still being processed.

What to expect in this article?
•How Australian Immigration has changed over the years.
•Are we going to see more changes in the Australian Immigration?

How Australian Immigration has changed over the years

Australia has a history of inviting immigrants from all over the world. With the growing economic demand, Australian immigration process has seen significant changes and with the current Coronavirus crisis, we can expect more changes.
Australia had a planned intake of migrants to combat the ageing population and low birth rate problem. A major economic study highlighted the positive effects of immigration on Australian economy.
The movement of Temporary workers into Australia grew rapidly in the 90’s and this saw a significant shift in the migration policy as these migrants were not points- tested in the same way as other skilled migrants. A considerable number of Temporary workers remained in Australia as Permanent Residents. The year was 1996 when the Coalition Government abolished the labor-market testing requirements for temporary skilled workers and introduced ‘457’ long term temporary business (Employer sponsored visa).
The Australian authorities significantly restructured many acts and introduced measures relating to national security. A candidate’s eligibility was assessed based on many tests and the aim of these tests was to encourage prospective migrants to obtain knowledge they need to support successful integration into Australian society.Over the years the minimum required points for eligibility has increased from 60 to 65. There has been a significant change in visa subclass, for example skilled work regional provisional visa subclass 489 has been replaced by subclass 491.

Are we going to see more changes in the Australian Immigration?

The crisis of Coronavirus was unprecedented, with safety measures such as lock down and travel restrictions, many countries including Australia are fighting a battle against Coronavirus. The pandemic situation will eventually be under control; however it has had a devastating effect on the economy. The world will never be the same again. We can expect a lot of changes in the immigration rules and regulations post Coronavirus era.
The aspiring candidates must align themselves and be compatible with the changing norms. To avoid any kind of delay or backlogs, you can start your visa application early. Always approach a registered agent for all your visa requirements.
We urge everyone to stay safe and reduce the risk of Coronavirus infection. Visit your nearest hospital if you come across Corona virus symptoms and follow orders issued by World Health organization.

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